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Canal and narrowboat #photography

Lock keepers cottage, Park Hall Walsall

My photography, this summer has been hampered by cloudy skies and rain. Next weekend, I hope to photograph a canal and narrowboat festival and so really need some better weather. The forecast is looking better.

The Black Country has a canal network that provided cheap and reliable transport in the 18th and 19th century. It’s not all as picturesque as my photograph suggests. I cheated and removed a satellite dish and TV aerial from that picture of a lock keeper’s cottage.  Even the canal scenes that are industrial at least offer an image that is different and represents part of our history.

I have quite a good camera now, but I took this picture with my Fujifilm S5600  a few years ago. I’m not even sure which canal it is except it’s near the Netherton tunnel in Dudley. The sun came out for a moment and changed the view entirely.

Canal Network

I think the canal network is underused as a leisure resource. I don’t see many narrowboats and even fishing the canals isn’t as popular as it used to be. I suppose people have more exciting things to do than fishing these days.

Birmingham canal at Tipton

This shot is from last year’s canal and narrowboat festival. The narrowboats on the Birmingham canal were quite colourful and so gave me some really good shots. One of them I have used as an entry for the photography competition. I think that will be judged this week and the winner presented with their prize at the festival next weekend.

I have been trying to publicise local events, but that can work against me because more people turn up and then I can’t find a place to park! Last year cars were parked everywhere, even on double yellow lines. So I don’t think the event needs to be more popular. In fact, we need more events, so local people can spend their money locally rather than with the big multinationals.

That’s it for today, tomorrow I write my Sunday ramble. I hope to find a bit of humour to put into it this week. Autumn is nearly here, but that will give us a new display of colour to photograph.

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